New York can be a challenging place to live, which is why calming activities like yoga and new meditation classes are sweeping the city. For those of who don’t have the time (or money!) to get our namaste on at said classes, there’s the guided meditation service Headspace, a free app that has helped more than five million people globally find inner quiet. Now, the company behind this mindful innovation has come out with a new product that goes beyond the digital. Their nature- inspired meditation pod was designed in collaboration with architect duo Oyler Wu and is intended to express the invisible experience of meditation through tangible design.
The company selected Oyler Wu to help them with the design based on a shared understanding and appreciation of the project and their intended outcome. According to Headspace:
Inspired by natural geological formations, the Headspace Meditation Pod juxtaposes a modern minimalist exterior with an organic interior, made from multiple layers of machine-cut wood. These are laid on top of a steel structure to create an environmentally-friendly product. Inside users will enjoy a calming private space, but one that doesn’t exclude the external environment, since sound and atmosphere are such an important tool in meditation.
The screen shows the entire Headspace meditation library, as well as specially-created materials specific to the pod’s location.
The effort to create something physical was driven by a desire to articulate a tactile experience that would encourage people to reevaluate how they look at meditation. Many practitioners take to the cushion (chair or ground), to find inspiration and peace, and the company believes that physical space affects the quality of this experience.
The company envisions the pods in public spaces and will be placing them in their new office. They have also received requests for the pods from art galleries and sports and music venues. Eventually the company plans to make these pods available for private ownership and hopes to see them in people’s homes or gardens.
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Images courtesy of Headspace